I’m really glad I found this forum as it encouraged me to go get a sleep study done and surprise, I have sleep apnea. I was fitted for an APAP last November and I’ve used it consistently for the last 5 months.
Unfortunately, I still can’t sleep and it’s getting severe.
I’m not really sure what to do, every night I budget at least 8 hours to sleep. On a normal night, I start winding down around 9:00-9:15 and I plan to be in bed lights out by 9:45-10:00. I have to be up at 6:10 for work, so I try to get 8 hours plus a little. I’ve tried melatonin, as well as spoke to my doctor who prescribed Trazadone (which helped the first couple nights then lost effectiveness). I’m male, 28, not overweight and when I’m not completely exhausted I try to go to the gym most days after work for 20-30 minutes. I’m a little stressed but not severely.
So now, I go to sleep, typically fall asleep pretty fast then consistently wake up after 5 hours and either intermittently doze or just lay there trying to get back to sleep. I’ve tried focusing on something else. I use background noise to mask my machine. I’ve tried everything, but it’s literally impossible for me to sleep more than 8 hours. Even on weekends. Last weekend I came home Friday completely dead and tried to sleep. I lay in bed for probably 14 hours and got maybe 5 hours of actual sleep, even with the APAP on. It’s not my pressure being too low, as the range is 5 cmH20 to 20 which is the max, and laying on the bed at normal pressure I typically don’t notice the mask too much anymore.
I’ve scoured the internet trying all the tips people have. I try to practice good sleep hygiene and get to sleep the same time each night, I have blue blocker glasses though I don’t always use them. But it’s not like they help anyway. I’ve tried that weird, get up and read a book advice, that definitely doesn’t help. I’m just not sure what I’m doing wrong. I feel like I’m slowly dying and before anyone says to see a doctor, I have just a few weeks ago (the one who prescribed trazadone) and because of my work situation I likely can’t get in for another several weeks.
I’m hoping this seems familiar to someone, I’ve really tried to do everything right and I was very excited getting my APAP because I thought I would finally get to sleep again, but instead things have just deteriorated. I know the APAP helps some because the few times when I don’t wear it for a few hours I wake up multiple times (2-3 per hour), which doesn’t happen with the machine on. But in the morning I’m still not rested at all and I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried lots of melatonin but that just makes it where I struggle to drive to work in the morning.
I’m really at my wits end. I’ve done everything I know to do and I’m more tired than ever. I can barely function at work, and I hoping someone might know how to help. It’s been 3-4 years since I’ve been able to sleep well and I’m out of ideas.